Political Ideology in the 20th and 21st Centuries

You will come across many important ‘ism’ words in your study of history and politics. These words describe particular political and social ideologies that have had an impact on the twentieth and twenty-first centuries to varying degrees. In this slideshow I have put together a list of the major ideologies you are likely to encounter in your study as well as a definition and and image that helps to explain them:

Now consider the following questions and add your answers as comments to this blog post:

  • What is the difference between socialism and communism?
  • Can you have a totalitarian fascist? How?
  • What sort of ideology suits a despot?
  • Communism and liberalism ever work together? Why or why not?
  • Also list in your comment any other questions you have.

Complete this political ideology quiz to get an idea of what ideology suits you. Remember, that it is only an internet quiz and not to be taken as a really decisive and accurate description, but it does give you something to think about. It is US-Based and so there are a few questions that are not really too relevant to us here in Australia, but just answer them as best you can. Also, you may need to look up the following terms: affirmative action, states rights and proprotional representation to make sense of some of the questions. Year 12 – the results of this quiz could become one of you first blog posts.

According to the Quiz, my political ideology is:

What is your political ideology?

Your Result: Social Democrat

This quiz has defined you as a Social Democrat (you may or may not be a Democratic Socialist as well). In general you are in the Liberal mindset, but wish to take it a step further. You favour the brodening of various social programs and a progressive income tax system to help alleviate social inequality. You wish to change the current social paradigm, but through gradual means.

Communist/Radical Left
Fascist/Radical Right
What is your political ideology?
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz

Does Our Future Look Brighter?

Here is the presentation I used in class – but without the images. If you want those let me know, and I can give them to you on USB or put them on StudyWiz. Each of the videos has the URL at the bottom of the page, so you should be able to find them.

Read through the presentation carefully and pick up on the things that you missed in class – seeing as a lot of you were zoning out! Ask me if you have any questions, and also check the sites saved in the Diigo group for this class as I’ve added a few good things there.

Don’t forget that the essay assignment at the end of the presentation is due by the end of class on Thursday. The reasons I’m getting you to write 500 words are:

  • to get you to individually articulate your understanding or globalisation
  • to get an idea of your essay writing skills, as you are going to have to write a couple this year, as well as in your exam.

(Harley & Kevin – thank you for doing the commentary of the chair activity, but for some reason it didn’t work! Oh well, there is always next time…)

QUESTION – the two wordles in this post were done by Jordan and Luke. Do you think they are an accurate representation of what you understand globalisation to be? What else would you add or take out? Leave a comment on this post with your answer.

Now, for that presentation…

What is Globalisation?

Here are the videos from the presentation:

Audio version of this post:


Technology and Time

Here is the Keynote that is a combination of the Wordles you made about technology and the photos you took of technology around the school. What is the overwhelming idea of technology that seems to be present here?

Here also is a link to the results of the survey that you did last week:


Now that you have talked about your current understanding of what technology is, it is time to take it a bit further…into the past. You now have to get into groups of 3 and complete a Keynote presentation that will be made into movie and uploaded to the Race Around The World Youtube channel.

In your groups you should have:

  • a mix of girls and boys
  • someone who you have not yet sat next to
  • someone whose name you still aren’t sure of

This assignment is due by the end of class on Friday 13th Feb.

(Look out for a blog post on how to make searching on the internet a bit more specific and easier!)

Here is the assignment: (or you download the Word document by clicking on this link: technology-through-the-ages

Technology Through The Ages

AIM – The aim of this assignment is for you to explore how technology has developed over time. This may challenge or confirm your current understanding of what technology is or isn’t, and this assignment will give you the change to reflect on that. By completing it you should be able to discuss what you understand the meaning of technology to be and give some relevant examples.

In groups of 3 you are required to research the major technological developments of one of the following eras:

?    Cavemen to 800s
?    800s to 1500s
?    1500s to 1800s
?    1800s to 1900s
?    20th century
?    21st century so far
You need to include the following information for 3 significant items created in your era:

•    Describe what the invention is
•    When was it invented
•    Why it is so important (in other words, justify why you feel it is one of the most significant inventions)
•    What it meant for the world as we know it today

•    In your presentation you also need to include a definition of technology. You can use the Wordle you created if you like. After you have completed your research, think about whether or not your understanding of technology has changed. Comment on this somewhere in your presentation.

You must use a minimum of 2 websites for your research on each item. Don’t just rely on the information you find on one site. Make sure you note the website you source material from on the bottom of the keynote slide. Directly after the website write the date accessed, for example:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inventions accessed 8/02/09

Format: Use Keynote to put your presentation together. Your presentation needs to include a voiceover – and all of the voices in your group need to be heard. Then export the presentation from Keynote to Quicktime, creating a movie file.

Submission: Your completed presentation is due by the end of our last class for this week. You need to upload it to the RATW folder on StudyWiz. Your final presentations will be uploaded to TeacherTube and YouTube. Students and teachers from around the world will be invited to comment on your work. You will also be asked to view and comment on your classmates work.

NOTE: Please DO NOT use your surnames on your work. First names only because they are being uploaded to the internet.

Audio version of this post:


Why Bother Learning History?

Welcome to Twentieth Century History! The Twentieth Century is a time of major change and upheaval in many parts of the world and the study of it lends itself to some really fascinating stories…

Key questions from today’s class are: 

  • What is history?
  • When is history?
  • What types of history are there?
  • Who writes history?
  • Why is it important to learn about major historical events?
  • Which major historical events do you think are most important to learn more about? Why?
Here is the KeyNote presentation from class that prompted our discussion:   

ACTIVITY: A Short History of Me

Using KeyNote or iMovie, create a 60 second snippet of your own personal history. You can’t fit everything that has happened to you in that timeframe so you are going to have to be selective. But, you have to present as balanced and complete snippet as you can. Make sure you include at least one other point of view. It is due by 2:30 on Friday the 6th, so we then have half an hour to watch them all.

Fill out this survey to get some prompts for the sort of information you can include:

Short History of Me Activity